Court overrules Anambra Election Petition Tribunal in Ngige’s suit

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BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
Awka—The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu Tuesday  ordered the restoration of all reliefs struck out by the Anambra State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka during the pre-trial stages of the case filed by Senator Chris Ngige and All Progressives Congress, APC, seeking the cancellation of the November 2013 governorship elections in the state.

The court also threw out the appeal filed by the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, gubernatorial aspirant in the election, Chief Chike Obidigbo against the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano.
The court in an unanimous decision dismissed Chief Obidigbo’s case number CA/E/08/2014 for lack of merit.

Following Obiano’s nomination as APGA’s flag bearer for the election, Chief Obidigbo approached the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, praying INEC to recognise him as the authentic candidate of the party for the election.

The lower court ruled in his favour, mandating INEC to recognise him along with Chief Obiano as APGA candidates for the election but Obiano appealed against the judgement.

In the case of Ngige, the court also in another unanimous judgement, read by Justice Abdulkadir Jega upheld the grounds of appeal raised by Senator Ngige and APC counsels, led by Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN and Emeka Ngige, SAN.

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